Poetry Jukebox- Request Time – Celia deFréine @celiadefreine

Poetry Jukebox is an on street audio installation of poetry. This poem ‘Fear sa Teach’ is by  bi-lingual poet Celia deFreine.  It is in Irish and in English on this file. Celia is one of Ireland’s most outstanding Irish language poets and she is also an Ambassador and supporter of the Poetry Jukebox project.

This poem was included in our FIRED! Irish Women collection of poems, which was launched at the Belfast International Festival in October 2018.

 

Poetry Jukebox Request Time – Polly Atkin @pollyrowena

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The Invisible

‘The secret is to walk evading nothing’, Alice Oswald

Croneshadow stumbles ahead of me         catching
erratic feet on the tarmac        ruched
as it is by roots        her left foot sticking
as if in mud        her stoop cranked up
by the pock-marked skin of the drystone wall
she is thrown on       the angle of light        sickish
orange in the early night.      Her mouth
twitches down at the creases       Bitchy
Resting Face      though you cannot see it
dark on dark.       You could say she exists
in relief       except there is none       not
for a structure like her       misbuilt       collapsing
inward with each jolt forward. I try
to right her.      but she will not straighten. The more
I struggle the more she looks broken. She knows
more of pain than your charts can trace
but you will not acknowledge her hear         her. Her name
is a slur. Her body is carrion. It is
too late for this.
My blood too sticky.
Her edges are blurring.
My legs are unravelling.
Her gown of bones is clacking              clacking.
Will we ever reach home?
I sink in my clothes
till my breath melts the frost on the empty road.
She pushes ahead of me           carries on walking.
Carries on walking.
Carries on walking.

Poetry Jukebox is an on-street audio installation of poetry. This poem, The Invisible by Polly Atkin was included in Song of Myself, poetry by D/deaf and disabled poets. It celebrated the launch of a jukebox which includes features which make it more accessible to disabled people.  We launched in the Belfast International Festival in October 2019 at CS Lewis Square in East Belfast.

 

Poetry Jukebox Request Time – Adam Trodd @A_Trodd

Poetry Jukebox puts poetry into public space. This jukebox is at the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast. This Place Meant by Adam Trodd, featured on our very first curation which was part of the Belfast International Festival in October 2017.

Poetry Jukebox – Request Time – Mark Granier @MarkGranier

 

Vulture Bone Flute

–– 38,000 BC

Fitting to see the oldest airs

salvaged from a raptor –– the air

of its wing –– and there is music

 

in our bodies, drums and strings,

wind instruments fulfilling themselves

so blood and sweat sings

 

to surfaces, half-blinding those eyes

lost in the swing of a scythe,

a notched sword, the haulage

 

of hominid arms through foliage ––

music that runs like sap

back to the root

 

of our species jogging on the spot

wired to an iPhone –– chants, field hollers,

deafening wars, silences –– the body

 

bearing the mind away

with riffs, keys, tones, variations

on what’s in us and what will come

 

to blow through our bones.

Poetry Jukebox  puts poetry into public space. This Jukebox is at the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast. Vulture Bone Flute, by Mark Granier featured on our very first curation in October 2017.